Jules Boykoff

What Are the Olympics For?

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ISBN: 9781529230284
Autorius : Jules Boykoff
Leidimo metai: 2024
Leidėjas: Bristol University Press
Puslapių skaičius: 160
Leidinio kalba: Anglų
Formatas: Minkšti viršeliai
Formatas: 203×127
‘Athletes first’ is a slogan the International Olympic Committee often touts, but the reality is very different, as preeminent Olympics expert Jules Boykoff shows in this book. While the world’s attention is riveted by the triumphs and tribulations on their screens, there is much that goes on behind the scenes that is deeply troubling: athletes are increasingly voicing concerns over physical, mental and sexual abuse, and they are collectively expressing grievances around equity and human rights. Outside the stadiums, problems range from the democratic deficit and corruption surrounding the awarding of the Games, to displacement of people and gentrification of neighbourhoods to make way for Olympic venues, to the environmental damage that Olympic construction inflicts and then tries to greenwash away. Boykoff tells us that radical steps are required if the Games are to be fixed and only then will they be truly ‘athletes first’.

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